JCEA Excellence Fund

In 1999-2000 the JCEA Board of Directors incorporated the JCEA Excellence Fund as a tax-exempt, 501-c3 fund. The purpose of the fund is: To promote the teaching profession by providing academic scholarships to prospective teachers and opportunities for professional development and training for JCEA members. The Fund includes two important components:

The Christa McAuliffe Excellence Award Scholarships - originally created in 1984 and called the JCEA Excellence Scholarships. The scholarships were renamed in 1986 in memory of Christa McAuliffe, the inspirational teacher-astronaut who died in the tragic Challenger explosion. JCEA awards at least one scholarship annually to Jefferson County graduating seniors who plan to pursue a teaching career. Applications are available each spring in high school guidance and counseling centers.

The Dave Sanders Quality Teaching Foundation was created in memory of our colleague Dave Sanders who died, along with fourteen students, during the April 20, 1999 tragedy at Columbine High School. Its purpose is to provide JCEA-initiated activities in the area of professional or leadership development, such as designing and/or implementing customized in-service training, (co)sponsoring teaching-related presentations/seminars by recognized experts, and providing stipends to teachers for expenses related to National Board Certification.

Make a tax deductible contribution to the JCEA Excellence Fund

Simply make your check out to: The JCEA Excellence Fund. US mail it to JCEA, 1447 Nelson St., Lakewood, CO 80215. If your gift is given as a memorial or as an honorarium in recognition of retirement or other special occasion, please provide us the name of the person being remembered, honored or recognized. JCEA will send that person (or family) an acknowledgement card.

JCEA News

Community Outreach Action Team
The Grub Club food drive is coming back in January! We will again partner with the JeffCo Action Center to provide meals and hygiene items for our high school students who are homeless or emancipated. Last year we saw huge growth in what we were able to give, and we’re hoping that this year will be even bigger.

Celebration of Jim Hodges’ Life
On August 11, 2016, we lost a wonderful man who touched many lives. James “Jim” R. Hodges moved to Colorado in 1969 because he had heard great things about Jefferson County Schools and wanted to be part of an innovative school system to benefit kids.

Bargaining WINS and More Work to Do
The bargaining team and NAAT have celebrations from last year, but also lots of work left to do.